GOP Rep. Ralph Norman Pulls Loaded Gun During ‘Coffee With Constituents’
Republican Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina pulled a loaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun during a “coffee with constituents” inside a diner in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Norman told The Post and Courier that he pulled the gun to prove that guns are only dangerous in the hands of criminals, not good people like himself:
I’m not going to be a Gabby Giffords. I don’t mind dying, but whoever shoots me better shoot well or I’m shooting back.
Lori Freemon, of the gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said Norman’s actions were “a far cry from what responsible gun ownership looks like”:
I had looked forward to a respectful dialogue with my representative about common-sense gun violence prevention policies. Instead, I felt unsafe when he insisted on showing us his loaded gun and keeping it out on the table for much of our conversation.
Norman claim the was trying to prove that “guns don’t shoot people, people shoot guns,” even though no one has ever claimed otherwise.
Norman told the attendees that he would be able to protect them if a shooter suddenly walked into the diner and started firing.
Norman went on to declare his affection for his inanimate object:
I’m tired of these liberals jumping on the guns themselves as if they are the cause of the problem. Guns are not the problem.
Lori Carter, who also attended the meeting, said Norman put the gun on the table for about 20 minutes:
And then he chose to take the gun out and put it on the table not knowing if any of us had mental health issues. What was to prevent me from leaning across the table to take that gun? So to me, it was contradictory.
In 2017, Norman mocked paying workers’ compensation to police officers with PTSD, noted Jr.com:
Any one of us could get a crayon and coloring book and start coloring and chewing on the desk and we would be deemed mentally incompetent and we would get paid – there would be no ending to it.